Castle is excited. He has a meeting with Stephen King about working on a book together. Or do they? That sets up “The Blame Game.” Castle is lured to some dive to meet up with the famous horror writer. His meet-up shares a connection the 12th Precinct’s latest case, the murder of a television producer. He’s kidnapped and then Beckett is “summoned urgently” to meet with Castle, but she too soon faces the same fate as her husband.
In a special airing of Castle on Valentine’s Day, the crew heads to the courtroom where Rick Castle has to testify at a murder trial. It seems like a slam dunk until the defense attorney brings up the writer’s memory loss and lost time from a year ago. The gang heads back to the murder board to find more evidence only to discover the person on trial may not be the actual murder. “Witness for the Prosecution” is a case-driven episode more than character driven, though a few developments come up.
This week’s victim, Grigory Mishkin, is looking into his mother’s death. To accomplish that, he seeks the help of his Diplobrat friends (offspring of foreign diplomats). They set their eyes in Jurgen Kass who provided Grigory with useful information on how to hack into a Cherokee… spycraft… wouldn’t be a Castle episode without it.
Castle kicks off its second half with a bit of a musical sent in the world of A Capella. As for Castle and Beckett, they’re keeping their reunion a secret to keep LokSat in the dark while the investigation continues. That of course, sets up some awkward moments in public for the couple.
Picking up the morning after Castle and Beckett’s romantic time-out from their time-out, “Mr. & Mrs. Castle” is about a cruise ship entertainer found dead in the water. Written by series veteran Christine Roum and directed by Jeff Bleckner, the fall finale centers more on Castle and Beckett than on the investigation itself into the case of the week, which also segues into the whole LokSat investigation.
The boys need a buffer, Castle wants to surprise Beckett for their first anniversary and a murder prompts an investigation into New York’s elite. “The Last Seduction” written by Rob Hanning and directed by John Terlesky is the penultimate episode heading into the fall finale.
“Cool Boys” marks a first for Castle. It’s the first episode where one of the leads is completely absent from the episode. The reasons why Stana Katic wasn’t in the episode has been left to mass speculation, but she was on vacation in Europe during the filming. “Cool Boys” also sees a return of Det. Ethan Slaughter (season four’s “Headhunters”) who seeks Castle’s help with a case.
“The Nose” is one of those episodes that has potential and makes a good selling point at the very end. Stephanie Weir (MadTV) guest stars as a witness with a unique ability: a keen sense of smell that makes her a recluse in life but learns something in the end. Not often a guest starring character is allowed an opportunity for growth. Written by new to the Castle verse Nancy Kiu, “The Nose” is one of the strongest episodes in the post-season premiere outings. It didn’t have a lot of drama, but there was a fair amount of comedy.
One of the differences this season with Castle, aside from actually showing the show takes place in New York with cutaway scenes that shows Manhattan, Times Square, etc., is that they’re showing how the victim of the week died. It’s a departure from the detectives just rolling up on the scene. It will take some getting used to because it adds an element of blood and gore that wasn’t there before.
Castle wrapped up its premiere episodes with a doozy of an endling with Beckett putting the “pause” button on the relationship. Let’s be real here, regardless of what TPTB say in the media “they broke up” no one actually believes they broke up from this side of the TV screen.